HPV in Men and Women
Human papilloma virus (HPV in men and women) is so common that nearly all sexually active people are being infected with it at some point in their lives.
Human papilloma virus(HPV) is the most predominant sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affecting women of the childbearing age.
In order to avoid this, HPV vaccine schedule should be given taken by women and even children above 12 years of age.
There is a vaccine to prevent HPV, approved in 2006, is now widely available and its recommended for both boys and girls.
It requires three shots over the course of about six months and is extremely effective in preventing genital warts.
Most women are treating sexually transmitted infections like Human Papilloma Virus(HPV) with off-counter drugs when they are supposed to visit a clinic for testing to know the appropriate treatment to be given.
This makes the virus spread and thrives the more causing great harm to the organ infected.
How is Human Papilloma Virus Transmitted?
Human Papilloma Virus can be transmitted through the following ways:
- Through sexual intercourse either through unprotected vaginal, anal, and/or oral sex with someone who is already infected with the virus.
- Through the congenital transmission of mother-to-child. This can result in genital or respiratory infection to the baby.
Types of Human Papilloma Virus
There are more than 100 subtypes of the Human Papilloma Virus. More than 13 subtypes of this virus causes a deadly disease known as cancer.
- High-risk Human Papilloma Strains such as HPV 16 and 18 which caused about 70 percent of cervical cancers, penile cancer, and cancer of the mouth. Other high-risk Human Papilloma Virus in their order of severity are HPV 31, 33, 45, 52, 58 and a few others.
- Low-risk Human Papilloma strains such as HPV 6 and 11 which results in about 90 percent of genital warts and respiratory papillomatosis (a disease in which tumors grow in the air passages running from the nose to the mouth and into the lungs).
Symptoms of Human Papilloma Virus – HPV in Men and Women
The infections are usually without signs or warnings and most times the infection resolves on its own.
There is a need for a regular check-up and antibodies testing( a blood HPV test that is done to detect if someone is positive to HPV.
How do we Screen for Human Papilloma Virus DNA?
This is done through a procedure known as PAP SMEAR.
A Pap smear/test is a screening procedure for cervical cancer. It tests for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix(otherwise known as the womb).
It is a test that is carried out to rule out the genetic makeup of the type of HPV, to determine the type it belongs to in order to aid effective HPV treatment.
1. Can a child be infected with Human Papilloma Virus?
Yes! A child can be infected with HPV if the child has any sexual activities involving genital contact with someone who has the virus.
2. Can a Men be infected with HPV?
Males are known to be diagnosed with anal cancer and genital warts (genital pimples) resulting in HPV. Males should learn how to protect themselves from this virus too. HPV test for men will be helpful in diagnosis.
3. Can I be treated with the vaccine if I’m already infected with HPV?
The vaccine will not help treat or cure any type of HPV to which one is exposed to already. HPV vaccine only protect anyone who has taken the vaccine before he or she was exposed to the virus.
4. Is the HPV vaccine expensive?
The HPV cure vaccine is affordable and not expensive to anyone who wishes to protect herself from the risk of this virus.
5. Can HPV in men and women be cured?
Human Papilloma virus has no known cure, but many HPV infections will go away on their own. With a strong immune system, about 70 – 90 percent of HPV infections are cleared from the body.
Even if there exist a cure/treatment, I’m sure you would agree with me that prevention is rather better than a cure.
The earlier the diagnosis of Human Papilloma Virus, the better the chance we stand to prevent the risk associated with the infection.
Let’s share your experience
- What do you have to say about HPV?
- Have you been diagnosed with HPV before? Or do you have someone who has been diagnosed with HPV?
- Have you been vaccinated against HPV? Was it painful? Did you have any reactions?
I would love to see your response in the comments section below.
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